Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that destroyed a decades-old bridal shop in Fells Point.
Fire crews responded to Bridal Fashions by Niko at around 8 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they saw fire and smoke coming from the second and third floors. Fortunately, the building was unoccupied at the time and no one was injured. However, a number of dresses were ruined in the fire and the building is now condemned.
“Oh my god, beautiful dresses. I can't describe some of the dresses I've seen in the window. It's breathtaking some of the dresses I've seen, “ said Juanita Oleszcuk, who lives across the street.
Oleszcuk’s family has lived at the same location for more than 30 years, around the same time the bridal shop first opened. She arrived home around midnight Sunday, some time after crews had put out the fire and was devastated to see a shell of what the shop used to be.
“It's the neighborhood landmark and we need them back in the neighborhood. We need them, they belong here,” Oleszcuk said,
It's unclear if they'll re-open. ABC2 News was unable to reach the owner for comment.
Bob Klein, who owns the business next door, was also affected by the fire.
“Our building was a little disheveled, water damage, smoke damage, and very devastating that's all I can tell you. There's a lot of history here,” said Klein, whose family has owned the building next door for the last 90 years.
He added that the owners of the bridal shop have been good neighbors.
“He's a gentleman, his mother who works with him is a lovely lady, they have beautiful merchandise, very reputable. I have no idea what happened and it's devastating for them and they're truly nice, nice people,” said Klein.
Firefighters could only fight the fire from the outside because the building was deemed too dangerous.
“Thank god no one got injured, no one was here, probably because it happened on a Sunday night, all businesses were closed, so we're very, very thankful for that,” Klein said.
Bridal Fashions by Niko first opened in 1982.
The fire department is crediting neighbors and tourists for quickly reporting the fire.
They said had they not been alerted as early as they were, the fire could've potentially spread to other homes and businesses.